Joe Webb (1976) creates collages and silkscreens with a message. Webb reimagines found imagery using simple and concise edits to make often politically charged artworks. He examines issues such as climate change, war and inequality – looking at the challenges of living in today’s modern world. Recent themes in his work include our quest as humans to understand our place in the universe, our treatment of the environment and what it is that might make us more aware, conscious and happy.
Webb’s work has become on online sensation with hundreds of thousands of people sharing his images on the internet. As well as going viral in the virtual world,
Joe has exhibited and sold work internationally. His original collages and prints can be found in the Saatchi Gallery, 45 Park Lane and in the collections of Coldplay, Eric Cantona, The Madden Brothers and Janelle Monae. He supports, with artwork donations, charities such as Peace One Day, Heart Research UK and the The Big Issue. Joe lives and works in the UK.
“Joe navigates a rich landscape with grace and humor, making nice with many recognizable visual pastimes. He plays them against each other in a way that puts different eras in dialogue, allowing characters to travel far from their 50’s Home Gardening Magazine roots to the far cosmos. He flirts with the themes of nostalgia and loss but ultimately composes lighthearted images that are in dialogue with today’s sampling culture, collapsing and hacking together sources from across the universe in fun and rudely jacked up color schemes.” — Wangechi Mutu, internationally acclaimed artist
“I started making these simple hand-made collages as a sort of luddite reaction to working as a graphic artist on computers for many years. I like the limitations of collage…using found imagery and a pair of scissors, there are no Photoshop options to resize, adjust colours or undo.